Man claiming to catch record fish charged with wildlife violations

Man claiming to catch record fish charged with wildlife violations

REYNOLDS COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A Farmington man's claim that he 'reeled in' an 83-pound catfish landed him in legal hot water.

Last summer, Anthony Stacy put a post on Facebook bragging about catching the flathead on Clearwater Lake. Stacy said he used limb lines and live bait.

After a long investigation, a Missouri Conservation agent proved that story was not completely true.

Stacy pleaded guilty in Reynolds County to two counts of illegally shooting flathead catfish with bow fishing equipment.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, Stacy has an additional 13 wildlife violation cases pending in courts in St. Francois and Jefferson Counties.

St. Francois County Conservation Agent Tyler Harding's investigation into Stacy's original claim lead to the other wildlife violations.

"This man's actions took away the potential for a fisherman to legally catch a once in a lifetime fish," said Harding.

He received five citations total in Reynolds County for assisting to take three bass and two flathead catfish during two different trips to Clearwater Lake, according to the MDC. Investigators said Stacy took all 5 fish by bow fishing, which is not a legal method to take game fish in Missouri.

Stacy was fined $500. He also had three prior conservation violations in Missouri.

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